Developed with the Racing team, for the street sport customers.

TVS Motor Company is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, and the Apache has been the company’s flagship brand since its launch in 2006. The “Racing Throttle Response" was the brand’s foray into the naked sports segment which, similar to the Pulsars, is gaining a lot of momentum into increasing the sub- brand’s product portfolio. The nameplate, which started with the unveiling of a 150cc motorcycle, has spawned into a variety of streetfighters, which somewhat have managed to create new benchmarks when it comes to delivering raw power in a relatively affordable package.

Running with three products under its Apache brand, the 180 sits right in the centre. It got a major upgrade in 2012 that adorned new cosmetic changes, and it made the Apache look sportier with possessed aggressive outlook. Although the rest of the mechanics remained the same, it remained as one of the most powerful and fastest motorcycles in this segment in India. Now, for 2017, TVS has given it yet another mild upgrade which gives it a BS-IV engine and adorns the AHO feature. The rest remains unchanged. Let’s have a brief look at this year’s model.

  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • Displacement:
    177.4 cc
  • Top Speed:
    78 mph
  • Price:
    INR 80019 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    7.7/10

STYLING

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2006 Apache RTR 180 2017 Apache RTR 180

TVS adopted an all new design philosophy for their Apache brand back in 2012. The motorcycle looked far more aggressive and outrageous than the previous versions of the Apache and it still continues to carry the panache even today.

Upfront, TVS gives it a “beast inspired” headlamp unit that comes with integrated wedge-shaped LED pilot lamps that will also act as the AHO substitute. This setup produces an intense, raw and animalistic gaze for which the Apache is famous for. Tucked behind this is a neatly sculpted instrument cluster that has a digital display as well as an analogue tachometer. The blue-lit LED display has clear indications and includes all info one needs including the acceleration time. And the best bit is the race inspired carbon fibre cues imprinted around the display unit.

Onto the sides, this Apache gets an aerodynamically designed tank cowls that are also the reason for reducing the engine heat by 10 degrees. These scoops enable the free flow of air and at the same time gives the bike a macho silhouette, especially if viewed from the front three-quarters. The bike gets a muscular looking engine cowl as well which is sleek and functional.

Decals on the tank are some of the best ones in the segment, and there are more bits of carbon fibre finished on the tank panels and below the rider’s seat that gives an upmarket feel to the bike’s appeal. The chiselled tail is slick and aggressive with its tail cowl carrying the tri-coloured race insignia of the brand just below the split rear grab bar. Full LED treatment is given to a neat tail lamp. White strip lines on the black alloys give it a sporty edge, and the gold finished suspension unit adds a touch of zing to the overall outlook of the bike.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 TVS Apache RTR 180 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i
Length 2085mm 2035mm
Width 730mm 765mm
Height 1105mm 1115mm
Wheelbase 1326mm 1345mm
Seat height 825mm 820mm
Wet weight 139kg 145kg
Fuel tank 16L 15L

POWERTRAIN

For the Apache RTR 180, TVS has kept the same engine. This four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 177.4cc engine still misses out on fuel injected but gains BS-IV compliancy. The carburetted version gushes out 17 bhp of power at 8500 rpm and 16 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. The over-square race inspired engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

As for the engine, TVS has managed to fulfil the expectations of the fans of Apache, by making it a scorcher of a mill. The figures may not be as enthusiastic as that of its competitors, but on the tarmac, the engine manages to surprise you with its immense power delivery down the rev range and in the higher rev range as well. The engine is more rev-hungry resulting in a meatier top end grunt.

And as always, these engines are reliable and are worthy of some appreciation. Top speed remains at 125 kph, and the bike gives around 45 kilometres to a litre.

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 TVS Apache RTR 180 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i
Capacity cc 177.4 178.6
Output 17 bhp @ 8500 rpm 17 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Torque 16 Nm @ 6500 rpm 14 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Type 4-stroke, BSIV Compliant, Air cooled, Single cylinder 4-stroke, DTS-i, BSIV Compliant, Air cooled, Single cylinder
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 5-speed 5-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

TVS has equipped the 180 with a "synchronous stiff chassis" that they have developed in collaboration with TVS Racing. It sure does the job for its specification. The rider is seated on a contoured saddle that provides sufficient cushion and comfort and the riding position can be said to have a neutral stance which could be more inclined towards the sporty handling abilities.

Suspension units are also up to the standards with telescopic oil damped unit at the front, and at the rear, monotubes with gas filled adjustable shocks gets the job done. These 5-step adjustable shocks provide uncompromising performance for whatever conditions the rider wishes to tame it into.

New rubber on the 6- spoke black alloys have fish-like grips for improved acceleration and braking performances. Coming to braking, TVS has been kind enough to provide petal discs at both ends for absolute control under all conditions. Luckily, ABS is an optional package and comes with RLP (Rear Wheel Lift Off Protection ) feature.

Kudos TVS!!!

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 TVS Apache RTR 180 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i
Suspension / Front Telescopic Forks Telescopic, with anti-friction bush
Suspension / Rear Monotube Inverted Gas-filled shox (MIG) with spring aid 5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber
Brakes / Front 270mm Petal Disc with ABS & RLP 240 mm Disc
Brakes / Rear 200mm Petal Disc with ABS & RLP 230 mm Disc
Tyres / Front 90/90 – 17 90/90 – 17
Tyres / Rear 110 / 80 – 17 120 / 80 – 17

PRICE

The all new TVS Apache RTR 180 is priced at ₹ 80019 for the Non-ABS version and ₹ 90757 for the ABS version. (EX showroom Delhi). A bump of a massive ₹ 6000 from its previous version. Not so enticing now is it?

You will get the bike in four colour options: Black, White, Matte Gray and Matte Black.

COMPETITION

Competing with the RTR is another favourite with the countrymen, the Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i. Luckily for these two, no other motorcycle are seen carrying an 180cc power mill. So for now, these two head-to-head in all aspects.

Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i

As we all know, it was Bajaj Auto which recreated the performance oriented motorcycling scenario in India back in 2001 with the launch of the Pulsar 180. It was the motorcycle to bring out the delirious side of the rider and clearly became the new favourite of motorcycling enthusiasts, as there was nothing in the market at that time which could overpass the Pulsar 180 regarding displacement and performance.

Similar to the RTR, the instrument cluster gets faux carbon-fibre surrounding the panel and gets a blue lit screen rather than the orange. The bike gets rear disc brake this time and pin striping on the wheels.

The Bajaj Pulsar 180 has been featuring a single cylinder, air cooled, DTS-i, 178.6cc engine since 2007 – a unit which remains virtually unchanged in this new generation model. However, this time around, the engine is BS-IV compliant, something which has made this very driving force a bit greener as well as slightly more powerful and refined than the same engine on the previous model. The engine here on the new Pulsar 180 pumps out a higher power output of 17 bhp and torque output of 14.22 Nm. The engine continues to come mated to a 5-speed Manual Transmission.

The 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 is priced at ₹79545 (ex-showroom, Delhi), ₹3500 more than the previous variant. The bike now gets a monotone paint scheme and decals borrowed from the updated 220f. The new colours are Laser Black, Nuclear Blue and Dyno Red colour schemes.

VERDICT

With the Apache RTR 180, TVS is consolidated as a strong competitor in the niche of urban motorcycles. Also, with this update of its Apache series, TVS reaffirms the perception of good design and high performance on all its products.

With its engine performing better than its competition, it is also no doubt that it looks better than any too. The Apache has been provided with a powerful engine, fast acceleration and excellent stopping power. The wider tyres provided and the increase in weight after adding the ABS package affects the Fuel economy of the motorcycle a little but with ABS comes great confidence and that is what this bike has something unique to offer which no other in its segment offers yet.

A brilliantly made machine. Spot on equipment.

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